Another wave of very cold weather coming in. Our temperature actually broke 30F yesterday but by this evening we should be only in the single digits.
For the most part we decided some time ago to ignore most "modern" dietary advice. This article explains why. Americans have essentially been lab rats for nutrition scientists for the last two generations with the result that we have epidemic levels of diabetes, obesity and other types of ill health. What really burns me is all these nutritional experts had plenty of warning that their notions were flawed. Take a quick read through the introductory chapters in Nourishing Traditions: The Cookbook That Challenges Politically Correct Nutrition and the Diet Dictocrats. And think about the furor when the new dietary guidelines were published and how loud the cry was from corporate interests who feared a hit to their bottom line. And while you are thinking, consider where the money comes from to conduct nutrition studies--those same corporations.
It used to be a sarcastic joke that you should only go to the hospital if you were likely to die anyway because the illness you could get in the hospital were just as likely to kill you. One of the persistent stories this past week involved several people, two of whom (at last count) died, infected by a particularly nasty, multi-antibiotic-resistant bacterium. Worse--the instruments which were the source of the infections was a commonly used and difficult to disinfect or sterilize--even using the recommendations provided by the manufacturer.